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9:48 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

In Their Words: Rep. Susan Fisher

Rep. Susan Fisher at WCQS 04/10/15
Jeremy Loeb

We’ve been talking with area lawmakers over the past week as many were home for a week-long recess last week.  Today we’re focusing on an interview with Representative Susan Fisher, a Democrat of Buncombe County.  Here are some highlights: 

In the segment below, Fisher talks about a new proposal in the legislature dealing with abortion.  It would mandate a 72 hour waiting period for a woman to have an abortion and would bar UNC or ECU’s medical schools from teaching or providing the procedure.  Fisher opposes the bill.

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Politics
7:32 pm
Sun April 12, 2015

In Their Words: Rep. John Ager

Rep. John Ager (D-Buncombe)
Katie Bailey/Asheville Citizen-Times

We’ve been conducting interviews with area lawmakers over the past week, as many were home for their version of spring break.  Our conversations continue with Representative John Ager, a Democrat of Buncombe County.  In the segment below, we talked to Ager about recent changes the legislature made to the state gasoline tax, which was immediately cut by a cent and a half, but that initial cut actually prevented the tax from dropping much further -as was projected, because the gas tax is tied to the wholesale price of gasoline.

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Politics
5:26 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Greensboro Fights Legislature's Plan to Revamp City Council

Greensboro News & Record

 Greensboro officials are hiring a law firm to fight a bid by legislative Republicans to restructure some city council members out of a job.

The News & Record of Greensboro reports city officials hired the Brooks Pierce firm to lobby lawmakers against the legislation and help form a legal strategy if the fight goes to court.

The legislation would reduce the size of Greensboro's city council, redraw districts and strip the mayor's vote in most circumstances.

Politics
4:03 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

In Their Words: Sen. Terry Van Duyn

Sen. Terry Van Duyn (D-Buncombe)
Mountain XPress

We’re hearing from state legislators this week who are home for a week-long recess.  WCQS reached out to members of both parties and is airing the interviews in the order they were conducted.  Today the focus is on Terry Van Duyn, a Democratic State Senator of Buncombe County.  We spoke on a range of issues, from the economy and jobs to bills dealing with social issues, which Van Duyn has been an outspoken critic of.

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Politics
5:12 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Cooper Would Veto Religious Exemption Bills if NC Governor

Attorney General Roy Cooper
Gary Robertson/Associated Press via wral.com

Attorney General Roy Cooper said Wednesday he supports requiring North Carolina police to wear body cameras and rejects proposals allowing public officials and potentially businesses to cite religion for declining to serve gay couples.

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Politics
1:58 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

In Their Words: Rep. Brian Turner

Rep. Brian Turner (D-Buncombe)
William Woody/Asheville Citizen-Times

This week, state lawmakers are on their version of spring break, and many local legislators are home.  That gave us an opportunity to sit down and talk about the current session with many of them.  We reached out to members of both parties, and will air excerpts from the interviews in the order they were conducted.  We start today with Representative Brian Turner.  He’s a Democrat representing Buncombe County.  The first-term legislator scored an upset win over Tim Moffitt in November’s election, one among just a few bright spots for Democrats in an otherwise tough election cycle.   

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Politics
5:45 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Supreme Court Rejects NC Appeal on Election Law

The U.S. Supreme Court building
Mark Wilson/Getty Images via npr.org

The Supreme Court has passed up an early chance to review a contested North Carolina election law that opponents say limits the ability of African-Americans to cast ballots.

The high court intervened in October to order that the law remain in effect for the fall elections after a lower court ruling blocking part of the law.

Politics
5:57 am
Fri April 3, 2015

A Legislative Overview as Lawmakers Head Home for Spring Break

Kirk Ross/Carolina Public Press

The General Assembly has begun a rare spring recess.  Lawmakers acted upon dozens of bills before leaving Raleigh yesterday for the Easter weekend and taking next week off. They'll get back to formal business on the week of April 13, although some legislators will return sooner to work on budget matters.  Barely a dozen bills have become law or await Governor Pat McCrory's signature since the session began.

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Politics
8:56 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

NC Lawmakers Say Vaccination Requirement Changes Dead

Sen. Terry Van Duyn (D-Buncombe) co-sponsored the bill on vaccination
Katie Bailey/Asheville Citizen-Times

Three lawmakers say their proposal to update North Carolina's childhood vaccination regimen and eliminate an immunization exemption on religious grounds is dead less than two weeks after their bill was filed.

The state senators announced Wednesday their measure has already reached a dead-end in the two-year session after hearing "serious concerns" from constituents and other citizens.

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Politics
8:49 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Lawmakers Give Final OK to More Local Government Changes

Angie Newsome via carolinapublicpress.org

The North Carolina legislature has reworked the boundaries for Wake County's governing board and how its commissioners are elected.

The House approved Wednesday a Senate measure largely on party lines. The Senate already approved the bill that was written by Republicans.

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